NC State Inspections

NC State Inspections are available at Performance Automall stores six days per week:
Monday - Thursday:  7am until 7pm
Friday:  7am until 6pm
Saturday:  8am until 5pm

Please call or use our contact form to the right to schedule your inspection in advance and save you time!  For more information on the history of NC State Inspections and frequently asked questions, please see the resources below and on these pages:

NC State vehicle inspections process

A NC Vehicle Safety & Emission Inspection is required is required annually before the vehicle's registration can be renewed. 

As of 2008, North Carolina vehicle safetly and emissions inspections have gone electronic.  This means that, since November 1, 2008 windshield stickers are not issued at your vehicle inspection.  Upon completion of the successful inspection of your vehicle, Performance Automall will issue you receipt showing the date, station location, the results of your inspection, and a records of your inspection will be entered into the NC DMV's vehicle registration database.

An inspection consists of 2 steps:

County Requirement - If you live in one of these counties, you are required to have an emissions inspection:

The following 48 counties in North Carolina require Safety & Emission OBD Inspections:

 Alamance Davidson Johnston Robeson
 Brunswick Durham Lee Rockingham
 Buncombe Edgecombe Lenoir Rowan
 Burke Forsyth Lincoln Rutherford
 Cabarrus Franklin Mecklenburg Stanly
 Caldwell Gaston Moore Stokes
 Carteret Granville Nash Surry
 Catawba Guilford New Hanover Wake
 Chatham Harnett Onslow Wayne
 Cleveland Haywood Orange Wilkes
 Craven Henderson Pitt Wilson
 Cumberland Iredell Randolph Union
Inspections - There are just two parts in the vehicle inspection process
  1. Vehicle Safety Inspection.
  2. On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) Emissions Inspection.  North Carolina is helping to lower emissions rates by motor vehicles and light duty trucks.  Emissions inspections are conducted using your vehicle's own On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) system, which is a standardized piece of computer equipment installed on all vehicles since 1996.  The following vehicle types are exempt from the NC Emissions Test:  Vehicles older that 35 years old, vehicles which operate on diesel fuel, and vehicles licensed under the farmer rate.

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Performance Auto Mall

200 Kentington Drive
Directions Durham, NC 27713

  • Sales: 855-996-4906
  • Service: 855-996-4907
  • Parts: 855-996-4905


  • Monday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Friday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Saturday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed